Toronto’s Metrolinx appoints new chief executive

Phil Verster, previously the managing director of ScotRail Alliance, will helm the organisation, which saw its previous chief executive leave for a role at the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Metrolinx, a Canadian crown agency tasked with improving infrastructure in the Toronto region, appointed former ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster as its new chief executive and president Thursday.

Verster spent nearly six years working for Network Rail, a London-based rail manager in England, Scotland and Wales. In March 2015, he was picked to helm the newly-launched ScotRail, a partnership between Network Rail and Netherlands-based Abellio. This March, Verster became managing director of the East West rail project. Verster had previously served as managing director of Network Rail’s London North East route.

Before moving to Network Rail, Verster worked as deputy chief executive for Irish Rail, Ireland’s national railway operator, and previously as a director for London-based Southeastern Railway. He will start at Metrolinx on 1 October.

Verster replaces former chief executive Bruce McCuaig, who held the position for six and a half years. McCuaig left Metrolinx in April for a role supporting the launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. John Jensen, the organisation’s chief capital officer, has been serving as interim chief executive.

Created in 2006, Metrolinx aims to assist local municipalities in executing transportation projects. The agency has played a role in the procurement of several PPP projects, including the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project and the Hurontario Light Rail Transit system earlier this month.